Sophie Turner has lived a large portion of her life in the public eye. She’s portrayed Game of Thrones character Sansa Stark since 2011, starting at the age of 15. As a now-23-year-old, Sophie recently opened up to Dr. Phil about depression and how she responded to negative criticism on social media regarding her GoT role.
“I would just believe it. I would say, ‘Yeah, I am spotty. I am fat. I am a bad actress.’ I would just believe it,” Sophie explained on Dr. Phil’s podcast Phil in the Blanks. “I would get [the costume department] to tighten my corset a lot. I just got very, very self-conscious.”
“I had no motivation to do anything or go out. Even with my best friends, I wouldn’t want to see them, I wouldn’t want to go out and eat with them,” she continued. “I just would cry and cry and cry over just getting changed and putting on clothes and be like, ‘I can’t do this. I can’t go outside. I have nothing that I want to do.'”
Sophie sought therapy and treatment for her depression, which she’s dealt with since age 17. She still battles with her biggest challenges, “getting out of bed” and “getting out of the house,” but admitted she has reached a new level of self-acceptance.
“I love myself now, or more than I used to, I think. I don’t think I love myself at all, but I’m now with someone that makes me realize, you know, that I do have some redeeming qualities I suppose,” she said, and credited fiancée Joe Jonas with helping her heal. “When someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you really think about why that is, and I think it makes you love yourself a little bit more, so, yeah, I love myself.”
If you are feeling anxious or depressed and need help finding help or resources, call the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (1-240-485-1001) or the National Alliance on Mental Illness (1-800-950-6264)